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Day Surgery Unit - PARP 6

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Placement Title Day Surgery Unit - PARP 6
Your Placement Contact Geri Realista - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement City/Town: Rochdale
Placement Phone 01706 517132 - Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (Rochdale Site), Rochdale Infirmary, Whitehall Street, Rochdale, OL12 0NB
Your University Contact: Anabella Gloster - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Induction programme and orientation to the department. Ward and spokes arranged according to students needs. 

Please download the Welcome Pack prior to attending placement.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Arrangements made prior to students arrival but can be altered according to the needs of the student.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:

3 x 10 hours shifts + 1 x 7.5 hour shift which will be flexible between 7.30am -19.30 to the needs of the service. The unit is open from 0730-1930 and all shifts are allocated within these times. Notes: No night shifts.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Day surgery gives student nurses the opportunity to care for patients in the unit who are having general surgery, podiatric surgery, gynaecological surgery, orthopaedic surgery, and emergency or trauma procedures. Specialist clinics for minor surgery, hysteroscopy, toe nail surgery, bladder cancer treatment, termination clinic and rapid access for cancer services are also held in the department.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

The care on the unit is based on the Rochdale Model of Care, Orems Model of "self care" and the Integrated Care Pathway for Day Surgery.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

Pre-operative assessment of patients' normal base line observations. Assessment of nursing needs. Post-operative assessment of observations. Referrals to MDT. Setting up sterile environments, trolleys and the use of aseptic technique. Atheterisation, handling and preparation of cytotoxic drugs for bladder instillation. Application of TED stockings, Subcutaneous injections, IM injections. Communication skills. IT skills. Team working.

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

Assisting in clinics. Assisting Doctors and Anaesthetists with "rounds".

What resources are available to help students learning?

Resources room. Computer. Nursing journals. Books. Mentor support.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Expanding rapid access clinic. Developing inpatient pathway through day surgery to beds post-operatively. Audits regarding post-operative nausea and vomiting. Site marking. Patient satisfaction. Tilisation of the department.

Spoke Placements

Endoscopy. Pre-operative assessment. Pharmacy. Chronic pain service. Theatres. Bed management (3rd years).

Additional Information

In day surgery it is our aim to provide quality care to all patients from selection for surgery to home recovery. Individual patient assessments will be made within the day surgery setting around medical, psychological and social parameters. A registered named nurse within a Multi-disciplinary Team will plan care (DOH 1996- The Patients Charter and You). Care planning is set around individual patient dignity, cultural and spiritual needs. Information giving is of a high priority from selection for surgery and throughout the full care episode. Staff training and development is planned on an individual need to provide skills and expertise in order to develop all patient services within the Day Surgery setting. The nursing team in the unit recognise that each patients surgery is a stressful event to him or her however minor the procedure. All patients undergoing a local or general anaesthetic will be afforded the same high standard of nursing care, irrespective of the procedure being undertaken.